Running is a great form of exercise, which can help people of any age stay healthy and fit. One of the reasons that running is so popular is that it is a very accessible sport. You do not need to purchase an expensive gym membership. You can just go outside and do it. However, once you take up running, it is important you do everything you can to avoid injury. Running can place a lot of strain on your feet. Below is a guide to 3 things you can do to protect your feet when you are out running.
Stretch your heels
The majority of people who take up running will understand that they need to stretch before they exercise. However, the majority of stretches focus on the core muscles in the legs, torso, neck and arms. It is also important that you take the time to stretch the muscles in your feet. To do this, you should flex your toes forwards and backwards. Then stand at about an arm's length away from a wall and place your left foot slightly behind the right one. You should then slowly bend your left knee while keeping the heel of your right foot flat on the ground. When you do this, you should feel the muscle which runs up the back of your heel tighten slightly. Hold this position for a few seconds and then switch your feet around and repeat so you can stretch the other heel.
Change your running surface
Running on a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt can place a lot of strain on your feet. If you do a lot of road-running, you should consider a change of surface now and again. Running on grass places a lot less pressure on your feet as the soil acts as a shock absorber.
Invest in quality running shoes
While it isn't necessary to spend a fortune on your running shoes, you should not cut corners. You might be tempted to go running in your beach pumps. However, this type of shoe will not cushion your feet or offer the same level of protection as a quality running shoe. Using the wrong type of shoe can result in painful foot conditions. You should buy a pair of running shoes which are designed to absorb the shock of your feet hitting the ground. When the tread starts to wear down, you should replace your running shoes, as old shoes offer less protection.
If you are experiencing any pain in your feet as a result of your running regime, you should speak to a podiatrist today.Share
19 July 2017
Hi, my name is Steve and I’m a keen runner. I’ve been running for fun for years. I love the buzz I get from a long run and the fact that my hobby helps keeps me fit. Last year, I started to experience problems with my feet and ankles. It started with just a few twinges and soreness but ended up getting so bad that I couldn’t run to my usual schedule any longer. I couldn’t work out what was going wrong, so a friend recommended I see a podiatrist. I was a bit sceptical at first; however, my podiatrist immediately identified some issues with my running gait and shoes that were causing my problems. I started this blog to pass on some of the advice I got for any other runners who are suddenly suffering from unexplained discomfort. Hope it helps keep you on the road!